Diego Abatantuono

Born in Milan on 20 May 1955. From his childhood he had the opportunity to spend much time at the Derby, a club owned by his uncles that was a favourite haunt of cabaret artists such as Massimo Boldi, Teo Teocoli, Gianfranco Funari and Enzo Jannacci. He left the club for some time, only to return to it as its artistic director in 1975, when he found himself presenting various soirées in what was to become his distinctive role: that of the terruncello (the character of a southern Italian immigrant with a unique slang). He made his début in the cinema world in 1980 with Arrivano i gatti, starring the cabaret group I Gatti di Vicolo Miracoli. Renzo Arbore included him in the cast for Il Pap'occhio (1980). In 1981, with Carlo Vanzina's I fichissimi, Abatantuono starred for the first time as a protagonist, casting himself in the role of the terruncello, which he then took up again for Franco Castellano's Attila flagello di Dio (1982) and Carlo Vanzina's Eccezzziunale... veramente (1982).

In 1984 Abatantuono almost exclusively focused on the theatre (his performance in Moliére's Dom Juan, directed by Franco Morini, was particularly appreciated). He returned to the world of cinema in 1986 with Pupi Avati's Regalo di Natale. This film marked a new stage in the career of the actor, who started working with a range of directors: Giuseppe Bertolucci (I cammelli, 1988), Marco Risi (Nel Continente Nero, 1992), Daniele Luchetti (Arriva la bufera, 1993), Cristina Comencini (Matrimoni, 1998) and Ettore Scola (Concorrenza sleale, 2000). He also starred in a large number of films by Gabriele Salvatores: Marrakech Express (1989), Turné (1990), Mediterraneo (1991; Academy Award for Best  Foreign Language Film in 1992), Puerto Escondido (1992), Nirvana (1996), Amnèsia (2002) and Io non ho paura (2003) – which won the appreciation of critics and the public at the Berlin Film Festival – and, most recently, Happy Family (2010). Other notable films he starred in include: Il toro (1994) by Carlo Mazzacurati, Per amore solo per amore (1992) and Il Barbiere di Rio (1996) by Giovanni Veronesi, Il Testimone dello sposo (1998), La Rivincita di Natale (2003), La Cena per farli conoscere (2006) and Gli amici del Bar Margherita (2009) by Pupi Avati, Metronotte (2000) by Francesco Calogero, Mari del sud (2001) by Marcello Cesena, I mostri oggi (2009) by Enrico Oldoini, Cose dell’altro mondo (2011) and La Gente che sta bene (2014) by Francesco Patierno, Ti stimo fratello (2012) by P. Uzzi and G. Vernia, Buona giornata (2012) by Carlo Vanzina, Indovina chi viene a Natale? (2013) by Fausto Brizzi, and Il Peggior natale della mia vita (2012) and Soap opera (2014) by Alessandro Genovesi. Diego Abatantuono is an internationally acclaimed actor. In his long career he worked with various great directors,including Giuseppe Bertolucci, Pupi
Avati, Marco Risi, Ettore Scola, Carlo Mazzacurati, and Gabriele Salvatores. Under Salvatores’direction he played the protagonist in films like“ M a r r a k e s h E x p r e s s ” , “ Tu r n é ” , “Mediterraneo” (which won the 1992 Oscar for best foreign film), “Puerto Escondido”, “Nirvana”,“Amnesia”, “I’m not scared”, and “Happy Family”.
Among the latest successes “The Worst Christmas of My Life” and “Belli di Papà”.

Most noteworthy among Abatantuono's television experiences are Il segreto del Sahara (1987) by Alberto Negrin, Il commissario Corso (1987) by Alberto Sironi and Gianni Lepre and Il giudice Mastrangelo (2005-2007) by Enrico Oldoini, the sitcom All Stars (2010), directed by Massimo Martelli and starring Fabio De Luigi, Gigio Alberti and Bebo Storti, and L’Assalto (2014), directed by R. Tognazzi. In 2002 he was appointed artistic director of the comedy show Colorado, whose fifteenth edition he later presented together with Chiara Francini. The film Area Paradiso (2012) marked his début as a television director, alongside Armando Trivellini.

 

Abatantuono had already made his début as a writer in 1997, with the autobiographical book Eccezzziunale veramente published by Zelig / Baldini e Castoldi. He is also the author of Milanismi (assolutamente forse) (2004), Eccezzziunale (2006) and – with Giorgio Terruzzi – Ladri di cotolette (2013), all published by Mondadori.

In 2010, together with Luca Serafini, Massimo Valli, Ugo Conti and Gianluca Impastato, he was the anchorman of Mediterroni, a RAI 2 radio programme offering a live commentary of the football World Cup. The programme was aired again in 2011 with Angelo Pintus, Gianluca Impastato, Gianluca Fubelli and Giovanni Bognetti, and a focus on current topics and films.

In 2012 Abatantuono made his début as a theatre director with Vengo a prenderti stasera, a comedy starring Nini Salerno and Mauro Di Francesco. Based on La morte dei comici by Lorenzo Beccati and Valerio Peretti Cucchi, it was adapted for the stage by Nini Salerno, Giovanni Bognetti and Diego Abatantuono. Since January 2014 the play has been presented across Italian theatres in a new extended version.

MISTER FELICITÀ, 2017
directed by A. Siani

I BABYSITTER, 2016
directed by G. Bognetti

BELLI DI PAPÀ, 2015
directed by G. Chiesa

SOAP OPERA, 2014
directed by di Alessandro Genovesi

LA GENTE CHE STA BENE, 2014
directed by di F. Patierno

INDOVINA CHI VIENE A NATALE?, 2013
directed by di F.Brizzi

TI STIMO FRATELLO, 2012
directed by di Uzzi/Vernia

IL PEGGIOR NATALE DELLA MIA VITA, 2012
directed by di A. Genovesi

BUONA GIORNATA, 2012
directed by di C. Vanzina

COSE DELL'ALTRO MONDO, 2011
directed by di F. Patierno

HAPPY FAMILY, 2010
directed by di G. Salvatores


I MOSTRI OGGI, 2009
directed by di E. Oldoini

GLI AMICI DEL BAR MARGHERITA, 2009
directed by di P. Avati

LA CENA PER FARLI CONOSCERE, 2007
directed by di P. Avati

L'ABBUFFATA, 2007
directed by di M. Calopresti

2061: UN ANNO ECCEZZIUNALE, 2007
directed by di C. Vanzina

ECCEZZIUNALE VERAMENTE (capitolo Secondo...me), 2006
directed by di C. Vanzina

LA RIVINCITA DI NATALE, 2004
directed by di P. Avati


IO NON HO PAURA, 2003
directed by di G. Salvatores

CONCORRENZA SLEALE, 2001
directed by di E. Scola

AMNESIA, 2001
directed by di G. Salvatores


MARI DEL SUD, 2001
directed by di M. Cesena

METRONOTTE, 2000
directed by di F. Calogero

TIFOSI, 1999
directed by di N. Parenti

MATRIMONI, 1998
directed by di C. Comencini

PAPARAZZI, 1998
directed by di N. Parenti

FIGLI DI ANNIBALE, 1998
directed by di D. Ferrario

NIRVANA, 1997
directed by di G. Salvatores

CAMERE DA LETTO, 1997
directed by di S. Izzo

IL TESTIMONE DELLO SPOSO, 1997
directed by di P. Avati


IL BARBIERE DI RIO, 1996
directed by di G. Veronesi

CAMERIERI, 1995
directed by di L. Pompucci


VIVA SAN ISIDRO!, 1995
directed by di A. Cappelletti

IL TORO, 1994
directed by di C. Mazzacurati

ARRIVA LA BUFERA, 1993
directed by di D. Luchetti

PER AMORE SOLO PER AMORE, 1993
directed by di G. Veronesi


NEL CONTINENTE NERO, 1992
directed by di M. Risi

PUERTO ESCONDIDO, 1992
directed by di G. Salvatores

MEDITERRANEO, 1991
directed by di G. Salvatores
Premio Oscar 1992 come miglior film straniero
TURNE', 1990
directed by di G. Salvatores
VACANZE DI NATALE '90, 1990
directed by di E. Oldoini

MARRAKESH EXPRESS, 1989
directed by di G. Salvatores

I CAMMELLI, 1988
directed by di G. Bertolucci

UN RAGAZZO DI CALABRIA, 1987
directed by di L. Comencini

ULTIMO MINUTO, 1987
directed by di P. Avati


STRANA LA VITA, 1987
directed by di G. Bertolucci

KAMIKAZEN ULTIMA NOTTE A MILANO, 1987
directed by di G. Salvatores


REGALO DI NATALE, 1986
directed by di P. Avati


IL RAS DEL QUARTIERE, 1983
directed by di C. Vanzina

SBALLATO, GASATO, COMPLETAMENTE FUSO, 1982
directed by di Steno

VIUUUULENTEMENTE MIA, 1982
directed by di C. Vanzina

ECCEZZIUNALE VERAMENTE, 1982
directed by di C. Vanzina

SCUSA SE E' POCO, 1982
directed by di M. Vicario

GRAND HOTEL EXCELSIOR, 1982
directed by di Castellano/Pipolo

ATTILA, FLAGELLO DI DIO, 1982
directed by di Castellano /Pipolo

ARRIVANO I MIEI, 1982
directed by di N. Salerno

I CARABBINIERI, 1981
directed by di F. Massaro

I FICHISSIMI, 1981
directed by di C. Vanzina

IL TANGO DELLA GELOSIA, 1981
directed by di Steno

FANTOZZI CONTRO TUTTIi, 1980
directed by di Villaggio/Parenti

IL PAPOCCHIO, 1980
directed by di R . Arbore

ARRIVANO I GATTI, 1980
directed by di C.Vanzina

FICO D'INDIA, 1980
directed by di Steno

UNA VACANZA BESTIALE, 1980
directed by di C. Vanzina

PRESTAMI MIA MOGLIE, 1980
directed by di G. Carmineo

SAXOPHONE, 1978
directed by di R. Pozzetto

LIBERI, ARMATI E PERICOLOSI, 1976
directed by di R. Guerrieri